The Road Ahead
Traveling the road to what's next almost certainly begins with IOT, the
Internet of Things.
A white paper from SevOne directed to IT specialists
describes the IOT world as "tens of billions of devices and sensors sending quick
bursts of data across our networks at both regular and sporadic
intervals." It reports that the worldwide IOT install base will see
a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent from 2013 to 2020. By
then, the address capacity of Internet Protocol Version 6 will vastly
surpass the 4.3 billion-address limit almost reached now by the
prevailing IPV4. The paper stresses that massive amounts of data are the
inevitable result of the IOT. An example offered of how easily piles of
data deepen, is a company that implanted wireless Internet-connected
sensors in the ears of cattle. These sensors help farmers monitor the
cattle's health and prevent the spread of disease from contaminated meat
or milk. It's estimated that each cow transmits 200MB of data every
year. Multiplied by 1.5 billion cattle worldwide and that's a lot of
BS to plow through.
This is where algorithms come in to play, finding patterns and
connections in the tsunami of data coming at us daily via the IOT.
Hopefully, they keep our cognitive heads above water and our stomachs
able to digest what we swallow. And that may be junk food in the case of
our news channels, Tom Goodwin fears in his OnlineSpin column,
Mindless Media Is The New
Fast Food. He writes, "We're rewarding pieces that are most-clickable or
most easily digested, and our news diet shifts from good-for-us to snackable. The best journalists go unread and unshared, and long-form
Others argue the almost immeasurable number of interfaces of
all those connected devices will produce new choices, new paradigms and
a new world where algorithms do the thinking. To the extent, as Steve Lohr asks in a recent
NY Times piece, "If Algorithms Know All, How Much
Should Humans Help?" Turns out the answer depends on how existential the
question is. The closer it is to a person's
life concerns, the more that person feels the need to get involved.
Regardless, these billions of connected devices will go on interacting,
evolving with and without human prodding, to the point where Artificial
Intelligence will provide something perhaps like Socrates' eudemon
sitting on our shoulders. In an interview posted in the NY Times by Quentin Hardy,
Yann LeCun, director of artificial intelligence research
at Facebook, is quoted: "A.I. is how we will make sense of all of the
information that will be out there in the digital world. A lot of
interaction with each other and with the digital world will come from
what you could call "digital companions," that will help us work through
And those things will increase exponentially according to Kailia Colbin in her
Online Spin columns on the revolutions coming with
Exponential Technologies. She offers three examples: "exponential
improvements in low-cost gene sequencing, plus exponential improvements
in machine learning and big data analysis, plus exponential improvements
in Smartphone capabilities and penetration, equal a revolution in
personalized medicine, the next iteration in 3D printing will be 1,000
times faster and exponential improvements in driverless car technology,
plus the ability to push distribute to a significant customer base,
equals a transportation revolution." She challenges readers to look for
other examples of technologies accelerating and converging
to create an exponential revolution.
"Publishing is not dead – it is just redefining itself."
According to John Philpin's summary of research on what is
termed, "the golden age of massive creativity."
He writes, "Switching the power from a broadcast/blitz/blast
communication style of the traditional media industry to a more
considered, engaged, conversational style that embraces dialog
that consumers prefer, is where publishers can drive value at
The Guardian newspaper is experimenting with a global homepage for
its global readership visitors via its various web sites,
according to Erik Sass in Media Daily News. He reports
this does not necessarily mean a global edition will follow, quoting
the publishers' director of digital strategy, "...we are
also quite skeptical of the idea that there even is such a thing
as a global news agenda or a global public sphere." . . . .Jeremy Clarkson is said to be developing a new auto show,
according to AutoWeek. But it will not be on the sacked
luminary's old BBC outlet. . . . . Focus2Move offers "Daily Free
98 Car Markets." The reports help make known the company's role
as, "a booming global player in the automotive consultancy
service." It is headquartered in Rome, Italy.
"How To Find Role Models For A Human Pace Of Life" is a
Sideswipes column in Media Daily News by Katie Meier, that
points to a new road for living in a high-speed world:
"Long-term thinking is simply a way to consider what we gain
from short-horizon perspectives." . . . . AutoWriters.com's first exposure
to RXSpeed.com arrived recently. "It's a search engine for
performance automotive parts. Just like booking your airfare
online, you can search for a part and find where to buy at the
lowest cost." . . . .Fireball Tim has launched,
describes it as, "a daily chronicle of Malibu Beach Life with
the hysterical Fireball Tim...CARS, MOVIES, MALIBU, EVERY DAY."
The Petersen Museum has launched a crowdfunding
campaign to fund restoration of a three-wheeled Davis Divan and
hopes to drive awareness to this car's unique history. The
ultimate goal is to have the Davis fully restored to near-new
condition by the museum's grand reopening in December 2015. The
car will receive a prominent position in the "Innovation"
section of The New Petersen, on the second floor. This crowdfunding goal is the $30,000 necessary to restore the Davis
Divan. For good look at the car check out
Jay Leno's Garage.
Media Post's Center for Media Research reports, "a new study that
looks closely at how people learn about the world on different devices
and platforms finds that this newest generation of American adults is
anything but 'newsless,' passive, or civically uninterested." A
collaboration of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC
Center for Public Affairs Research, the Media Insight Project found,
"Virtually all Millennials regularly consume a mix of hard news,
lifestyle news, and practical 'news you can use'." For more findings,
check the Center site for
America's First Digital Generation.
Unused content, say film not used in the final version of a TV
commercial, has value to all parties involved and new contracts between
its producer and client are starting to reflect this, according to Eric J. Harrison writing about the
Shifting Paradigm In Media Contracts
for Media Daily News. . . . . Google is now charging consumers from $2.00
to $10.00 per month to not receive 5% to 50% of the ads on participating
publisher sites. Assuming Google shares some of that revenue with the
publisher is it an incentive to produce bad ads people will willingly
pay not to see? . . . . Katy Bachman's gleanings from a conference on ad
law and public policy reported in The Daily Examiner, April 1, included
predictions that disclaimers will disappear from ads, "Technology and
algorithms will replace the type of data that used to exist." And
computer generated images will reduce the need (and expense) of live
demos which will not be challenged as fake by ad watchdogs if what it
represents is factually true.
"Facebook is testing 'spherical videos'
for its newsfeed which create a
fully immersive 360-degree video experience for users that is similar to 3D
games," Erik Sass
reports in Media Post's 2015 Outfront Forum. He cites Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg as his source. Sass writes, "Users who choose to immerse
themselves can manipulate the view in the interactive videos by panning
around with their mouse button. . . . "The repeat of John Miller's column
from a year ago in Content Marketing Insider: Corporate Storytelling:
Coming To Your Emotional Rescue reminds content marketers of the
value of journalists: a good story stirs emotions, action, recall and
re-telling. Miller says: "Truth: Logic rarely spurs action...A
courageous content strategy needs to focus on developing emotional
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Brett Berk's Maxim review of the
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo provides a good
look at the vehicle being prepped for LeMans that disrupts, "everybody's
image of what makes a fast car" according to designer Ben Bowlby. .
. . Keith Griffin reports in BoldRide.com the Hartford, Conn. police
department is one of a number across the nation offering buyers and
sellers of cars on Craigslist a safe way to make the exchange by
allowing them to use department parking lots to complete the
Riding in driverless cars could increase
the frequency of kinetosis, commonly known as "motion sickness,"
according to Pete Suciu's TechNewsWorld report of a University of
Michigan study measuring the increased likelihood of the fairly common
phenomenon on riders in an autonomous car. Drivers, not so different,
passengers, yes. . . . . Suciu also reports for the same publication
that Ford has introduced in Europe a new device that gradually
reduces a car's speed to the posted speed limit. No jarring adjustments
and it can be overridden manually by the driver, if necessary.
writing for the Detroit News, describes a rather unique opportunity to
have the factory
build a car you design
–as long as it is a Dodge Viper and you are able to choose
between "25 million build combinations, including 8,000 exterior paint
color options, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 16 interior trims, 11 wheel
options, seven aero packages, four suspension options and three brake
packages." . . . With vacation near and a flood of young drivers with time on
their hands and their hands on the wheel of a car, Jeremy Laukkonen
offers some valuable
Car Safety Tech for Teen Drivers in
About Autos. . . . Nick Bilton explains in the NY Times why he keeps the
his keyless entry vehicle in his refrigerator's freezer to foil a
very common inexpensive device that could otherwise enable thieve to
quickly open his car's doors. .
. . . If you think you know your cars, try one of Jerry Frumkin's quizzes
awards and events
Justice Brothers-Shav Glick
award was presented to race car
driving champion and motorsports announced Tommy Kendall. Named
in honor of the late, greatly admired Los Angeles Times sports
writer, Shav Glick, it has been presented annually since 2000
by Justice Brothers to
an individual who has made significant contributions to
motorsports in California.
Mercedes-Benz C Class Sedan won Car of the Year honors in
judging by 75 international automotive journalists of some 24
finalists in the annual selections announced by the New York
Show. The brand's S Coupe won the world title in the luxury
class and its AMG won the performance car class. BMW's 18
electric vehicle won the green car title and a Citroen C4
Cactus took the design class. . . . . Kelley Blue Book's
2015 online tracking study of brand and model perception by some
12,00- in-market new-vehicle shoppers put Subaru as The Most
Trusted Brand while Honda captured Best Overall
Brand and Most Trusted Brand. Ford's F-Series brought
the company its sixth award in the seven years the study has
Sales and Marketing executives from Toyota, Nissan,
RPA are slated to speak at the
Automotive News Marketing Seminar
at the Westin Hotel in Los Angles May 12. . . . Media
registration is now open for the
2015 AAPEX and SEMA Show in Las Vegas. .
Plans for Second Annual SEMA Ignited event confirmed for Friday,
Nov. 6 at the close of the SEMA Show.
"Competition Rules" is the theme of the
Management Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. August 3- 6.
open. . . . .
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders to
be held at the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3-6. The 2015 SEMA
Battle of the Builders is open to builders with a display,
feature or booth vehicle at the 2015 SEMA Show. Builders with
vehicles from all market segments, including trucks, hot rods,
street rods, off-road, motorsports, sport compacts, luxury
exotics and the like, are encouraged to enter.
Members of NEMPA voted for
the WheelsTV Previously Owned Vehicle of The Year award April 29. The
production company presents the award annually during the NEMPA Awards
Banquet in May. To qualify for POV of the Year, a vehicle must be in
service for at least two years and demonstrate outstanding long-term
reliability and exceptional consumer satisfaction.
The daylong IMPA Spring Brake is May 12 at Bear Mountain State Park. The
format is simple: Breakfast sponsored by Ford at 8.am. Start
driving manufacturer-supplied cars at 9: a.m. Lunch at Noon and resume
driving until 4 p.m. More details
Moving from a traditional Sunday Concours to a Saturday event concluded
with a concert by Three Dog Night added, "tremendous excitement" for
this year's Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance Vintage Car Showcase,
according to Jay Howard, president of the annual display and judging,
which in a creative move, invites high-school-age enthusiasts to work
alongside experts judging the cars displayed.
This 1919 bright purple Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer won "Best of
Show" at Pinehurst.
The Haartz Corporation, the world's leading supplier of convertible
material, became the title sponsor for SAMA's annual Topless in Miami
convertible competition. The fifth annual rendition of the event, now to
be known as "SAMA Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz," will be June 4
at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Key Biscayne, Florida. Visit the websites
www.toplessinmiami.com for more information.
MAMA members and guests will have two days for its riding and driving
Spring Rally at Road America May 12 and 13. Scheduled are scenic routs,
an autocross, track time, and evaluating contenders in the association's
annual Family Car of The Year award. . . .The winning vehicle in the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon posted the equivalent
of 3,421 mpg. The car built by University of Toronto Supermileage Team 2
topped-100 high school and college teams competing to make the most
fuel-efficient lap around a .09-mile course on Detroit streets in a
single-seater car they designed and built themselves.
(Rex Larsen/AP Images for Shell)
Lunch and tour of the giant Uniroyal tire beside the highway into
Detroit from the Metro airport is open to the first 70 APA members to
RSVP for the May 20 celebration of the massive tire's 50th Anniversary.
For more info, go
Tiny McPherson College in central Kansas gained valuable awareness for
Automotive Restoration bachelor degree program (the only
one in the U.S.) by inviting Jean Jennings as their weekend guest and
speaker for its May 1 "Evening with Automotive Restoration" dinner and "Classic Car Drive-In."
Jennings, former Automobile editor, is one of the best-known auto
writers, male or female, in the U.S. These days she shepherds her web
site, Jean Knows Cars, and is a regular contributor on car topics
to network news shows.
Gregor Halenda's photos in Autoweek pretty well document writer
Vaughn's appraisal of the newly opened World of Speed in Wilsonville,
Ore. – "This ain't no ordinary museum." See and read for yourself
MPG's "Droptops & Dirt" spring rally May 27 promises a "great variety of
the latest SUVs and convertibles, challenging off-road trails, scenic
drive loops and a tansy lunch for $65 per person at the Calamigos Ranch
in Malibu. It is open to all MPG members and guests but only journalists
and analysts can do the driving. Register
Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Highway-Earth Car Show in
Beverly Hills, Calif., June 28th. For details and to register go to:
If you can't make it to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum near San
Francisco, its executive director, Tim McGrane, says crews from the "Car
Crazy" and "Chasing Classic Cars" TV shows are booked to shoot at the
museum and cover its First Sunday ‘Cars and Coffee' gathering of car
No air times have been announced.
TEN, The Enthusiast Network, is moving aggressively to become
Netflix for Motorheads," with its acquisition of Torque TV, as TEN CEO
Scott Dickey was quoted by Erik Sass in Media Daily News. Good news for
the company following analysts' dire predictions for its print business. TEN's new-over-the-top video platform is scheduled to launch this summer
and will offer more than 1,000 hours of live and taped programming drawn
from Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Automobile, Super Street and
Earlier this month automotive suppler Delphi installed its self-driving
car system in an Audi and sent it across the country. "The news here
isn't that this was possible, but that it was so easy," Alex Davies
penned for Wired in his coverage of the trip:
This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just
Crossed The Country. Davies elaborates that many other
companies could have done the same thing now but the feat is amazing
because it "underscores the great leaps this technology has taken in
recent years, and just how close it is to becoming a part of our
lives.". . . . In Europe, Google is rolling out "more than $164 million
to nurture, support and fund digital journalism and news organizations,"
Laurie Sullivan reports in Search Marketing Daily. It has formed
partnerships with two newspapers in the U.K., two in Germany, one each
in France, Spain and the Netherlands and NRC. However, a Google
executive is quoted as saying the company has no plans to get in the
news creation business.
Even though Autotrader's own research
shows "17 out of 4002 consumers only remotely enjoy the dealership
experience," its CEO says auto sales people and personal contact are not
going away, Karl Greenberg reports in Marketing Daily. He quotes Autotrader
CEO Jared Rowe as saying its research revealed 84% of all
consumers want to buy a car in person and 43% go to the dealership to
learn, not just close the deal. He likens the future auto dealership
visit to interacting at an Apple Store's Genius Desk. Other
interesting data Rowe revealed is that price is not always the
determining factor for consumers. They often will pay more and drive
away happy if the process is to their liking.
If you want to know how all the recalls in the past year or so
have affect car buyers, a piece by Greenberg in the same publication is
headlined, Recalls Affect Perception, But No Profound Effect On
Consideration. Studies documenting that finding also reveal domestic
brands suffer a greater negative impact than the imports, mainly because
their recalls are in the U.S. news more often. Or, maybe because we
don't like to see America lose.
Quinten Plummer reports in
TechNewsWorld, "Stanford University researchers on Tuesday revealed they had
stumbled onto a breakthrough that could lead to the adoption of
fast-charging, long-lasting batteries in the near future." Graphene is
used in an aluminum-icon battery but it will be years (five or more)
before it make its to car batteries. . . . Steve Smith, asks an obvious
question in his Media Post Data and Targeting Insider piece: Wrong
Moment, Wrong Place: Is Apple Watch A Driving Hazard? In it he
substantiates his concern
with a quote from a National Safety Council release: "Drivers wearing
smart watches can call, text, email and surf the Web, but the watch also
vibrates when it receives a notification. That vibration could be very
difficult to ignore; a natural impulse will be to look at our wrist.
This could take a driver's eyes off the road and mind off the drive -- a
recipe for disaster."
The Detroit Bureau reports Audi is testing
Audi on Demand in San Francisco. It is an app downloaded from iTunes
that allows the user to peruse the models available and arrange for a
rental and delivery or pickup with a few credit card swipes on an iPhone.
. . .Online publisher LawfordMedia.com is divesting itself of its
portfolio of automotive domain names because it is "moving out of the
automotive niche." Most familiar perhaps for its Hotrodhotline.com,
Biker Hotline and LandSpeedRacing, Lawford has a long list of domain
names available starting at $1500.00. Email
Maryann Lawford or call
across the finish line
Art Spinella – Belated notice of the February passing oft-quoted veteran
auto industry newsman, speech writer, PR man and since 1992, co-founder
of CNW Research, an auto consumer behavior analysis firm.
Long-time autowriter Chambers Williams has been named assistant
business editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel but confirms that he will
continue to do auto reviews for the San Antonio ExpressNews and
Worth Star-Telegram and can be reached by email in whatever state he is
firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . Gary Grant is publisher of
the new site reported last month, "Driven Wheels.com - Canada's
Automotive Authority." Andrew Ling and Chris Chase are contributing
authors. . . .Automotive News has added three new staffers: Neal Boudette, a former
chief of the Wall Street Journal's Detroit bureau,
joins in Detroit as an enterprise reporter; David Undercoffler,
most recently with the Los Angeles Times, joins the paper's Los Angeles
office where he will be point man for the paper's Toyota Motor Corp.,
Honda Motor Co., True Car, Inc. and Edmunds Inc. coverage and
moves from Wards Auto research to the Automotive News Data Research
as a senior data researcher in Detroit. . . . Ricky Beggs, who
488 Beggs On The Used Car Market video blogs since he began them
for The Black Book in 2008, will retire this month as vice
president and editorial director of the acclaimed pricing guide,
Arlena Sawyers of Automotive News reports. . . . .The email published for
Trent Riddle in last month's Lane Changes was wrong the correct email
for the Diesel World technical road test editor is:
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My friends and automotive media colleagues...
It gives me a great pleasure to advise you that the incredibly
talented Pepe Forte is publishing my venerable Let's Talk Cars
column on his very informative iFriedEgg website. Links to two
of my columns on his website are posted below with his advisory
Ah me! It is nice to be fried by Pepe!
All the best,
Subj: Beasley has been fried again...
My fried friend, there you have two more fried eggs... and
there's still pending two more (definitely we are in our way to
BMW X4 202015
Wrong Publication, again
I just read Mr. Griffin's article on Certified Pre-owned cars and wish I had seen it in August 2013. It might have saved me a big headache.
In August 2013 I purchased one of these cars, a 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback. I was told it belonged to an elderly couple who traded it in for a larger car. This sounded logical to me since it only had 8093 miles on it. I was told the warranties were still in place, in fact better than when it was new so I really felt lucky. Not for long.
After about six months I went to my car to go to work and the battery was totally dead. To cut a long story short this kept happening and to date this car has had four batteries.
I contacted the previous owner a young woman in her late 30's and she sent me copies of all the times she had taken it in for the very same reason, she even had a AAA battery put in six months after she bought it. She finally traded it in for a truck.
I went to arbitration with the BBB and they found in my favor so Ford has to buy back my car...Lemon Law. Upon reviewing all my paperwork I found that the dealership had added an extended warranty for almost $2000 and it's not even a Ford warranty. I never buy extended warranties for anything. I am now in the process of trying to get that canceled and have my money returned since I never used it.
As soon as I get my money from Ford I will buy a new car. I would be happy if you could give me advice on that. I feel I am at a disadvantage being a female of 79 years.
Thank you for allowing me to rave on.
Car spy photographer and artist, Brenda Priddy, along with
Expeditions, is once again offering a
"car guys" tour to Cuba
for automotive enthusiasts and history buffs from Oct. 10 to 18.
Start and return is Miami and no media
visa is required.
Priddy notes the tour is an opportunity to get
a jump on the flood of tourists expected in Cuba once the U.S.
government permits U.S citizens to vacation there. In the
meantime, this "people-to-people tour" is licensed by the Feds.
Participants will explore Cuba's classic car culture, as well as
its architecture, history, art and more. For more details check:
Classic Cars of Cuba with Brenda Priddy.
Call her at: 480-861-3456, or e-mail her:
Michael Lamm has reprinted A Century of Automotive Style.
This is a limited edition – only 500 copies - of the original
hardcover book. It has a few corrections, but it's essentially
the same as its two predecessors, one hardcover and one soft.
Here are the basics: 308 pages, 900+ photos and illustrations,
9x12-inch format, glossy stock; full design histories of major
American automakers, ditto coachbuilders, personality profiles
of significant designers and design managers plus, of course, a
very readable account of the science and art of domestic
automobile design,1896 to 1996.
The book has received generous praise and warm reviews over the
years from such notables as Automobile Quarterly's Scott Bailey,
Automobile Magazine's David E. Davis Jr. and Robert Cumberford,
Ford's Jack Telnack, Chrysler's Tom Gale, GM's Chuck Jordan as
well as Scientific American and The New Yorker. In 1997, "Style"
also won the Society of Automotive Historians' prestigious
A Century of Automotive Style is currently available through Amazon.com and
LammMorada.com. Price is $69.95.
"The industry's most valuable business development, game
changing announcements and crucial insights into the future of
auto-mobility" are promised at
TU-Automotive Detroit 2015 (3-4
June, Novi) – previously known as Telematics Detroit.
David Bull Publishing is marking its 20th year anniversary
milestone with special discounts on some of its favorite books
-- starting with two classic photographic histories of
sports-car racing in the 1970s and 1980s. Until the end of May
Spyders & Silhouettes and Monocoques & Ground Effects
$89.95 -- a 40% discount off the regular price of $149.95.
That's each, we conclude from searching his
Pieces of Silver, a World War II-based adventure novel
intertwining Mercedes and Auto Union Silver Arrow Race Cars with
the Nazi's drive to dominate the world in all things German,
including these cars, is now available as an Ebook.
introduced last autumn as a large format soft-cover book, and
met with critical acclaim from the motoring press for its
fast-paced "crackling action" according to its author, former
auto racer Mike Breslin.
Pieces of Silver is available as an
eBook for Kindle and other devices and as a large-format
paperback (420 pages) from
Amazon. Pieces of Silver is
published by Pie Shop Publishing.
motoring press organizations
North American regional automotive press associations provide
information and background not easily found elsewhere. If they are
too distant for you to attend their meetings, belonging usually
gives you access to transcripts or reports of these events and other
American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, Inc.
Norma "Dusty" Brandel
President, Exec. Director
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
Automotive Press Association
Jeff Green, President
American Racing Press Association
Stan Clinton, President
Eastern Motorsports Press Association
Ballston Spa, NY
Ron Hedger, President
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
Davis Adams, President
International Motor Press Association
Dave Kiley, President
Midwest Automotive Media Association
Kirk Bell, President
Motor Press Guild
Los Angeles, CA
Jsaon Fogleson, President
New England Motor Press Association
Craig Fitzgerald, President
Northwest Automotive Press Association
Nik Miles, President
Phoenix Automotive Press Association
Cathy Droz, President
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
Andre Smirnov, President
Southern Automotive Media Association
Bill Adam, President
Southeast Automotive Media Organization
Texas Auto Writers Association
Truck Writers of North America
Tom Kelley, Executive Director
Western Automotive Journalists
San Francisco, CA
Washington Automotive Press Association
Les Jackson, President
quotes to note
BuzzFeed Pulls Post Critical of Advertiser
"... the righteous callout by Arabelle Sicardi of Unilever / Dove
hypocrisy for patronizing women on the subject of "real beauty"
while simultaneously selling them all sorts of crap falsely
promising the unattainable fake beauty the campaign nominally
Remember His First Time
Garfield At Large, Media Post
"It's not that we control NewsFeed, you control NewsFeed…"
Facebook: please stop with this."
"Facebook is not, and knows quite well it is not, a neutral
machine passing on news. Its algorithm chooses what people see,
it has ‘community standards' that material must meet and it has
to operate within the laws of many countries."
Jay Rosen's Press Think, 4.21.15
Digital Democracy? More Like Digital Dictatorship
"So what's the problem? It's the same problem we always get when
too much power is concentrated in too few hands. We lose the
robustness, perspective, diversity and choice that come from a
vibrantly competitive ecosystem."
Kaila Colbin – Online Spin
LeMons Denver Race Promo
"this movement toward an open, forthright, and thoughtful
dialogue regarding the paternalist, anti-commensuralist dynamic
now endemic to motorsport is aught but an unsavory memory.
John "Jay" Lamm Email
Sturm und Drang At VW.
"The Storm and Stress for VW in this market is likely to
continue for the foreseeable future, too, because Piech or no,
they've got their heads so far up their collective asses that
clarity and rational thought are in painfully short supply."
AutoExtremist Rant 4.20.15
The Cut-Down Generation - Or Why We're Going Multisensory
"Meaning (both discovering it and making it) has to happen
quickly in a cut-down society. Yet the paradox is at the rate of
a cut-down, it's hard to find moments long enough to gain
anything meaningful from."
Katie Meier, Sideswipes, Media Daily News
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